Saturday, 19 October 2013

To NaNo or Not to NaNo

I'm in two minds about whether to attempt NaNoWriMo this year: 50,000 words in 30 days during November.  Last year when I attempted I was doing really well until somebody stole my laptop.  I didn't lose as much work as I thought, but I did lose my NaNo draft from that year, which was quite depressing.  This year I'd be starting from (almost) scratch again on the same story.

NaNoWriMo is really good for creating a terrible first draft.  It isn't good if you want to create a semi-decent first draft.  I hear it's better to go into the month with an outline of your work and a good idea of what you want to write, but I have been struggling with my outline.

Perhaps I should flip a coin :/

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Foggy Brain

Being sick is not conducive to creativity.  My brain feels very foggy. Every time I get out my outline I just end up staring at the page, my mind a blank.  Perhaps this story is better with a loose outline anyway, and the story will come out organically instead.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Art of Shallow Breathing

The art of shallow breathing
Is to restrict the air
To a small cup's width
Lest you stir the beasts
Couched deep below.

They are formless,
Angry monsters.
Heavy and lazy.
They feel like mist
And strangulation.

Dare to let go,
Or even forget,
And fill those neglected spaces;
They will trap the blood
To your head.

Clenched tight,
Until you return again
To that old technique,
Perfected over years,
Of shallow breathing.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For

Earlier this week I said to a friend who is taking time off work: 'I'm so jealous, wish I had the week off'', or something along those lines.  What do you know, I've spent the days following off from work alright, only I've been in bed with a chest infection. Be careful what you wish for indeed.
Curse you Fate for listening in on my private conversation!!

I am using this time (when not sleeping or struggling to breathe) to start thinking about writing the outline for a new book I'm working on.  I haven't had the pleasure of writing an outline in years, I've just been editing my novel for so long.  But since I submitted my manuscript for some professional editing a couple of days ago, I'm able to take a much needed break from that particular work.